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Temple Recommend Questions
« on: September 12, 2021, 11:00:43 pm »
https://www.thechurchnews.com/members/2019-10-06/general-conference-october-2019-temple-recommend-questions-163456

I'm going to be answering these questions in a few weeks for renewal, so I've been thinking through them. I've had two new insights.

1) The questions start out with "Do you..." except for #10: "Are you a full tithe payer?" The question uses a verb signifying a state of existence instead of a verb signifying action. Why is this question different? The question could have been written, "Do you give a full tithe?" and been consistent with all the other questions. I think this question is intentionally different to teach us how to prepare for temple covenants.

We keep temple covenants with exactness. That implies a standard, a measurement, and an evaluation to determine exactness. That amount of precision is incredibly hard to do with most covenants. Capacity, knowledge, and context become part of the exactness determination. Not so with tithing. The law is simple and clear: 10% of our increase. When we determine our level of exactness in obeying the law, it's a fairly straightforward process. We internalize that process over time. We become full tithe payers. Our obedience becomes more than something we do, it becomes who we are. The Lord desires for us to learn that same exactness in keeping all of our covenants. We go beyond performative obedience. We become covenant-keeping disciples. It's who we are. The law of tithing is the first step toward that level of exactness.

2) The structure of the interview prepares us for a pattern continued in the temple. In the interview, a person with authority asks us questions. We give our answers. The person then makes a recommendation for us to proceed. I really like the last question, "Do you consider yourself worthy to enter the Lordís house and participate in temple ordinances?" The covenants we make are between the individual and the Lord. Another person is present who has authority to administer the covenants. And there may be witnesses. But they're not parties in the covenant. It makes sense that the final determination for preparation is between the individual and the Lord.

What are your thoughts about how the recommend interview prepares us for the covenants we will make?
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. - John Dewey
 
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Re: Temple Recommend Questions
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2021, 07:15:07 am »
I believe the recommend questions are recognition of Faith in our lives - or at least the answers.
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Re: Temple Recommend Questions
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2021, 11:00:37 am »
I don't know that I think the difference in word means anything.   However:

The doing of tithing varies a lot among members.  Some bunch and pay every other year for tax purposes, some pay on a weekly paycheck, while others annually or at another interval.   So maybe "are" acknowledges that there is more than one way to "do" it.
Nauvoo 1270, Feb 2005
 
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Re: Temple Recommend Questions
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2021, 04:01:39 am »
I find that lots of people get anxious about the last question, because they think it is prideful to say that they are worthy. I have to point out more often than I would like that if they have answered the other questions honestly and positively, then that is all that is required. There is a point when humility becomes counterproductive
 
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Re: Temple Recommend Questions
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2021, 11:40:51 am »
I find that lots of people get anxious about the last question, because they think it is prideful to say that they are worthy. I have to point out more often than I would like that if they have answered the other questions honestly and positively, then that is all that is required. There is a point when humility becomes counterproductive

Being concerned about looking prideful isn't humility. False humility, maybe, or projected humility. But not humility. True humility doesn't give a crap what it looks like.
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we're brave enough to see it
If only we're brave enough to be it
 

 


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